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May 15, 2019

Blog Tour – Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle – Interview

Hello Readers! Welcome to our tour stop for

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
by Lauren Myracle!

We have Lauren on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to “win.” And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community … and love?

From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
by Lauren Myracle
Publication Date: May 2019
Publisher: DC Ink

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Omigosh, thanks for letting me!

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Okay, um: Selina Kyle, 15, is stuck in the litter box. Her life – almost literally – is crap. Crap home life, crap school life, and did I mention, crap home life? But does she put up with it? No way – she takes to the streets, joins a heist gang, and befriends a little girl even more wounded than she is. Selina is resilient, she is a survivor, she is Catwoman.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

A l-o-n-g road trip with my husband and five kids! I scribbled away constantly in a small spiral notebook, laughing and shaking my head and occasionally getting teary as I invented the Gotham Growler, parkour expert Ojo, and sweet Briar Rose, whose mother tried to take her life. What a crazy life we authors live! But so much fun.

Tell us about the main character(s).

Oh wow, I love Selina so much! Her toughness is in large part a protective mechanism; why open herself to other people when in the past, other people have, you know, thrown her into a closet and locked her in? But Selina does figure out how to make true human connections. I hope readers will relate to that very painful experience of being a teenager, wanting to be seen and loved, and yet having to fight to get there, even with – sometimes especially with – yourself.

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

This, when Selina is mooning over Bruce Wayne in math class: “His hair, though. His hair is as dark as the night, as glossy as the wings of a crow. Not just one crow, but a murder of crows. But without the murder, obviously…”

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

Omigod, the fight scenes! Choreographing the scenes when Selina fights the Gotham Growler required me to do so much research. I’ve never had personal experience fighting a psychopath, thank goodness!

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Yeah! I’m working on a story close to my heart about a seventeen-year-old boy named Paul Walden. Friends, girls, sex, drugs…it’s a rollercoaster.

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA’s “Best Books for Young Adults” for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Youth Romances” of the year, as well as one of the “Top Ten Books by New Writers.” Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One) .

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